With only 2 days left under the Obama Administration, the U.S. State Department cut a $500 Million check to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund.
This check was written Tuesday under Obama’s promise to contribute a total of $3 Billion to the fund—and as of now, a third of that promise has been fulfilled.
The action was a controversial one, following comments on the campaign trail by President-Elect Trump that “we’re going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs” (via WaPo).
This is inevitably bound to be an issue moving forward.
Democrats claim this is an absolutely necessary expense, but Republicans in Congress have been critical from the beginning.
The Washington Post suggests there’s “awkwardness” to be had here, nevertheless it sounds as though the Trump administration intends to remain involved.
But of course, the Trump administration and a sympathetic Congress could block further payments. However, that would create awkwardness with other countries that are deeply committed to climate change, said John Coequyt, director of international climate policy at the Sierra Club. Coequyt pointed out that Trump’s nominee to head the State Department, Rex Tillerson, has signaled that he wants to keep a “seat at the table” when it comes to the Paris climate agreement.